Baby's Second Year -- Your 19-Month-Old

Here's what you can do to ensure your child's safety when you're away from home:

Leave a list of phone numbers behind. Make sure you include your pediatrician's office, area relatives' home numbers, a Poison Control number, emergency personnel numbers, cell phone or beeper numbers if you have them, and of course the number where you will be that evening.
Plan ahead for minor emergencies. Leave a flashlight handy in case a storm blows in and the power goes out. Put away any items that you used to get ready that night, such as curling irons or blow dryers. Be certain a fire extinguisher is handy.
Plan meals and snacks for your kids before you leave. This way, you'll be certain they'll be eating foods that meet with your approval.
Set bedtimes in advance. Your babysitter should try to stick to your child's daily routine while you are away.

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FUN TOGETHER-TIME ACTIVITIES

Help your child unwind. Each afternoon before her nap and each evening before bedtime, engage her in activities that will melt away the day's tension and leave her ready for much-needed sleep. Some favorite calming techniques include reading a story, doing a puzzle, coloring with crayons, cuddling with you or watching fish swim in their tank. These techniques will also help you unwind. Just be careful not to fall asleep before your toddler!

Learn the words to 13 songs to soothe the soul -- your child's and yours

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